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Campus Safety and Emergency Information

Health & Safety

Keeping Lumberjacks safe

Safety is your number one concern, so we’ve made it our number one priority.

We understand that students and their families want to know their college campus is safe — it is, after all, their home for three to five (ish) years. We have a comprehensive emergency operations plan that prepares us to handle virtually any campus emergency, from isolated incidents to full-scale natural disasters.

SFA’s University Police Department does more than keep a watchful eye — they’ve worked hard to update resources and offer services that protect our students. Read about each below.

How to stay safe on campus

We have a variety of services and programs in place to help keep all Lumberjacks safe:

Campus emergencies

In the event of an emergency, Lumberjacks are alerted by the JackAlert campus emergency notification system. Outdoor sirens may also be sounded, depending on the nature of the emergency.

Campus-wide emergencies
  • Severe weather event
  • Environmental hazard situation
  • Active emergency on campus (imminent threat to campus safety other than weather)

Read about what to do in the event of a campus-wide emergency on UPD's Emergency Procedures webpage.

Emergency notifications

JackAlerts (text, email, phone)

You must register your device to receive JackAlerts.

Once you’ve registered, alert calls, emails and text messages are sent to every device, number and address that has been entered on JackAlert. Visit the Jack Alert webpage for information on registering.

This campus notification system is in compliance with the Clery Act requirement to provide students, faculty and staff with timely notification of crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community and heighten awareness (university policy 13.22).

Outdoor siren system (severe weather, active emergency)

Outdoor sirens are sounded when there is severe weather or an active emergency situation on campus. The sirens are located on the roof of the Steen Library. While the sirens may be heard inside some buildings on campus, the system is only designed to provide an audible alert outdoors.

There are two different sirens. You can listen to them on the Outdoor Siren webpage.

The siren system is tested on the first Wednesday of each month at approximately 11:55 a.m.

SFA website and social media

On SFA’s website, a bright yellow banner will be displayed at the top of every webpage announcing the alert. Website visitors can click on the banner to access information and updates as available. Alert information also will be issued on the university's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Calling 911

In the event of an emergency, you should call 911. If you dial 911 from any University phone, you will be connected to campus police. If you wish to reach the Nacogdoches Police Department, dial 911 from your cell phone.


University Police Department
936.468.2608 | 800.816.4657
Fax: 936.468.3984

Physical Address:
232 East College St.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13062, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962